I know this is a tough time for some people. But we must speak out loud about this. There is not enough equality in the United States. I am not just talking about the color of our skin. I am speaking about gender as well. Land of the free, home of the brave? Who ever said it is a crime to be who we want to be? When is it a crime to wear a hoody during a chilly night? When is it okay for anyone to continue to kneel on someone when they say they cannot breathe? When is it okay to not knock on a door before entering and just opening fire? When is it okay to tase someone through a car window? When is it okay to treat black people as animals? The answer is, NEVER. Let me make one thing clear. I am a black woman with a black child. So, excuse me if this gets a little too real for you. Please exit this blog if you can dish it but cannot take it. For the past week or two I have seen my human race do some despicable things. Things I have never imagined seeing besides in the history books. We as the people need to stand up for whats right. But that does not mean burn down these businesses. So, what if they support someone you do not like. If your mother says something you do not like, will you burn her house down too? You must pick and choose your battles. All this violence and looting is just showing the other side what they think of us already.
They think we are trash. They think we are ghetto. They think we have nothing to lose just because of the color of our skin. You know what we must lose and have been losing. OUR LIVES! This is just ridiculous that this president thinks we have nothing to lose. We have families too. Your body would react the same way if you had a knee on your neck! How would you feel if the roles were reverse and we fucked up your lives? Do not play with my intelligence president. You are not superior to me just because that white house protects you. This is your example of presidency. That black people only live in poverty and do not work or have bad schools. Some cannot work because they do not get the same opportunities to show what we can do. If you think the schools are so bad. Do something to fix it! You are the president. You are supposed to help your people. We are your people. We were born here. WE LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES! Black people are not lazy. We are angry! Why can’t you see that!? What can’t you see!? You are the reason we are so angry. You do nothing but sit back and tell the military to shoot at us. Lock up children behind cages because their parents wanted a better life for them in “America” when they tried to cross the border. You are not making America great. You are making it a disgrace to live here. This country was built on freedom, equality, liberty, free speech, freedom of religion etc. I am convinced, you are racist. No wonder we tear things down your people built. All you did was bring our ancestors here to help you build everything and not give us a dime. To take credit for you building things. When my ancestors’ blood, sweat, and tears went into these buildings. Working them like dogs because they needed money to feed their families. How dare you! How dare you! Sit there and say anything.
I worked so hard to be where I am at in my life. For you all to mess things up for me and my child. I am not saying I am against you all or I am better. There is always a right and wrong way to do things. Yes, the way you all acted. I am sure they heard you. But what did it solve? I understand why you did it. But some people cannot go back to work because you burned down these places. They cannot go to the store. They must walk a longer distance because the bus stop is all shattered glass. These people are someone’s mother, father, son, daughter. Most likely our people. Do not get me wrong, I am FOR our people. But we must be smarter about things. Those places may have been our peoples only bread and butter. That may have been their week in between checks, and they were counting on that full paycheck. You do not know if their lights may get cut off because they won’t get that check.
What I was taught growing up that always stuck with me. My mother always told me “BE SMARTER.” Think ahead, think about who you are hurting. Some of these protesters are being shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed. Why, because the ones that were responsible for looting and rioting, were in a crowd with others that just wanted to protest. Every action has a reaction. We were taught this in grade school. What are you thinking? Logically, I want to know. You are making it worst for the mothers who have kids and now must explain to their children. This is the world we live in. We are divided, by color. But I refuse. I will not teach my child color. She will know who she is, but I cannot tell her who to hang with and who not to. It is so sickening to see my people act this way. I understand all the years of oppression. My grandmother picked cotton in a field! My father and grandfather served this country! My grandfather was in WW2. So, no one can tell me I do not understand. My family is from the South. I am mad too! I have heard stories I cannot forget. But all that did for me. Was fuel my fire. Fuel my hunger for more out of life. I want more for my mom and dad. I want more for my brothers and nephews and niece. I want more for my child. How do you show people you want more? You lead by example. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke! He did not result to violence and riot. Look what his voice did for us. We have come a long way. Use your voice! My perspective on this. All this hate started at home. When they abolished slavery, you think they were happy about this? It shows they still are not happy. Some people are just never satisfied. I say that to say. Teach your children different. Teach them we all breathe the same air and most likely want the same thing. To be treated equal. To have the same opportunities. But know, there will always be a racist asshole out there somewhere.
But we must keep that faith.
GOD has the last word.
“Rioting is the voice of the unheard” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against” – Malcolm X
(James Brown – “Say It Loud”
(Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”)
(Papoose – “Tribute”)
(Childish Gambino – “This Is America”)
(Beyoncé – “Freedom”)
(Meek Mill – “Otherside Of America”)
(Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come”)
(Kirk Franklin – “Revolution”)
(2Pac – “Changes”)